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So You Want To Be A Talent Agent?: Everything You Need To Know To Start Your Own Local Talent Booking Agency

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ISBN-10: 1450227228
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About the Author

Talent booking has been Tom's second career for over 30 years, so he's been in the trenches and knows it all from the ground up. Starting back in 1975, he managed and booked a popular street singe from Boston, and from that built up an agency that represented over 100 different acts primarily in the street entertainer and vaudefille venues. But he'sworked with some legends too, like the Gene Autry Family. Drawing from his main career as a marketer and sales specialist, he's supplied talent to hundreds for hundreds of events, ranging from private birthday parties and weddings to municipal events and commercial grand openings. Running a talent booking agency is a fun occupation that he'd like to share with others. What he's accomplished can be duplicated by anyone, with just about any background, in any city or town in the world. For some it can provide a nice part-time second income, for others it can mean a brand new full-time career. And it can lead to even more exciting possibilities such as talent management, record, television, and radio production, and movie scout. Tom was born in Malden MA, graduated high school there, took some evening college courses, and joined the computer revolution in its early days as an operator and programmer. Eventually he switched over to marketing and was a marketing and communications director for several software companies. He owned a bookstore, was a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and lay preacher, as well as assistant sales supervisor for the Shaklee Corporation. He is now semi-retired, but writes a monthly book review column for MENSA's national and international magazines, runs Interim Marketing Services, and is founder and director of Boston Paranormal Investigators, a group similar to SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunters. He's divorced, with three children - Tom, Lisa, and Dawn, all now grown and pursuing their own careers, and he's a surrogate father to a little girl named Angel. His interests, besides ghosts, include UFOs, megavitamin therapy, polyamorism, and new age and folk music, and he's an omnivorous reader.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450227228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450227223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2011
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My boyfriend has been in a classic rock band for longer than the 16 years I've been with him. I've always been interested in how agents find gigs for their clients and how they build their network. Tom's book, "So You Want to Be a Talent Agent?" goes through this process step by step. In fact, he started for the very same reason - he was fond of a particular singer, and he wanted to help her out. The rest grew naturally.

I was absolutely thrilled that this book maintained a focus on doing this task ETHICALLY. Tom repeatedly says to be scrupulously honest, to believe in your acts, and to treat even complaining clients with patience. His point is that in the long run your reputation is your most valuable asset, If people believe in you, they will use you over other options. If you honestly believe in your acts, your enthusiasm will shine through and get you that sale. If there's an act you just don't believe in - because you feel they're overcharging or because they're extremely unreliable - he recommends you drop them. It's just not worth the angst.

Tom is sure to give you the hurdles and issues to watch out for. Being a talent agent isn't for everyone. You have to be nurturing with your acts, supportive of those who are unsure, and patient with clients. You have to honestly enjoy people interactions. You have to pay attention to detail - getting the spelling of an act's name wrong, or the date on a contract wrong could cause a lot of trouble. You have to follow up after each gig to keep the line of communication open.

There are a wealth of great details in here. So many other books will say "OK now you have to do step X - but I won't tell you how to do that.
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It's not reaaaally for people who want to be a real talent agent, because it's limited to autonomous experiences, and not in agencies, which is more common. It does have a few valuable business administration tips, though, but you'd probably do better with a book just for that.
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Tom Elliott really over-delivers with this guide. Every time I got to the end of a chapter, I was amazed to find that there was still a lot more content to go!

Yes, as mentioned by several other reviewers, the marketing methods and tactics are rather outdated, but if you're stuck about how to actually RUN a local talent/entertainment agency -- how to find the talent, how to work with people looking for talent, how to price your services, the contracts, etc. -- then you'll find it all here.

Read this for the operational knowledge to get your agency started, and then find another resource to help you market the thing!
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Great book, I was very excited when I received the book and always use it for guidance. I do recommend this book to everyone that is starting to get into the business.
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Sometimes the critic who is also a "chip off the old block" can be a little harsh. This book is the culmination of years of experience, so there is something in here for everyone who is contemplating getting into this line of work, or hobby, as the case may be. This is an updated version of an earlier work, and I enjoyed reading the list of past (and present) performers in his portfolio. There is information in here that could only have been gained through trial and error, and will save you some time (and money). If this had been my book, I would have added a paragraph, or two, on referrals in Chapter 3. Once you are established, referrals from (satisfied) clients can be the most lucrative source of new bookings. There are also several small issues that I have with the book. One is that some of material is still "dated" (even though it was "revised" in 2010) and could have been brought into the 21st century. The other is at least one typo that I found. I won't tell you where, this will force you to look for it. But neither of these minor shortcomings affect the utility of the information being provided. Buy with confidence. (In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive a review copy of this book, but you wouldn't expect a father to charge his son for a copy anyways, would you?)
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So You Want to be a Talent Agent by Tom Elliott is definitely the best book on this subject. It really does cover everything you need to know to start your own local talent agency. How to find the talent, how to build up the clientele, and how to promote yourself are discussed along with examples from Tom's thirty years of experience as a talent agent. Contracts and other forms you will need are included along with savvy advice. Contacts for every type of talent are listed. Best of all the book is very readable. So You Want to Be a Talent Agent?: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Local Talent Booking Agency
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If you want to start a talent agent business or any business this is the book to buy. Very informative from someone who seems to know about running a business and making part or full time work for himself. I really liked the stories in it too. And Tom goes all the way by not only giving you the handbook to make this type of business work for you but gives you his details so you can get in touch with him should you have any further questions.
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